Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Magic Trick : Jason Dvorak's Story for the #6FrameStoryChallenge

We've been experiencing a little rain here in Bangalore and at times the sky puts up a brilliant show too! But looks like lighting and rain aren't things that the bear in Jason Dvorak's story enjoy. Will the magician come to the bear's rescue? We don't want to spill the beans but this sweet story has us chucking! 


On why Jason took up the challenge:
The Challenge, obviously - though that requires explanation. I only just found out about it the day of the deadline (Laughs). With that kind of pressure, I wanted to see if I could pull off the requirements and still produce something I’d be proud of. The need for 6 words and dialogue-free situation really demanded a creative approach to story telling. Add in the small window of work time available and it was a "can’t pass up" situation. 
It was great - I thoroughly enjoyed the word selection. There was just enough variety and overlap to allow for an infinite amount of choices. The submission I provided was actually my 2nd attempt. My original had the words ‘train' and ‘rainbow' in play, but the train would have taken too much time to color. When I spotted the Umbrella, the idea of the magician accidentally “reversing” the situation instantly came to mind. 
I was also shocked by the quick, friendly response from the team asking for a follow-up email. Knowing there was actually a human on the other side and not some random server where entries go die really made me smile. Any challenge that requires quick thinking and creativity that’s supported by a friendly staff will always work for me.
Jason Dvorak's Illustrations for the #6FrameStoryChallenge by Pratham Books


(Jason Dvorak is the author and illustrator of the popular children’s series "The Boy with a Dreaming Key” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/boy-dreaming-key-alien-robots/id546966629?mt=11). Webmaster for Game-Rave.com, a video game collecting site for retro systems. Currently a retail Assistant Manager, doing freelance Graphic Design work in his spare time, and also produces a weekly YouTube show GameRaveTV. Looking forward to one day having The Boy with a Dreaming Key be a world wide sensation.)

Read the other interviews by illustrators who took the challenge:
Rajiv EipeKalyani GanapathyPrashant MirandaKavita Singh KaleMegha VishwanathPriya Nair PanickerSweta Roy ChoudhuryPaneendra SureshPriya KuriyanYulianto QinManjari ChakravathiSonal Goyal and Sumit SakhujaSamidha GunjalPreeti LataShwetha Elisha,Mithila AnanthSunandita MehrotraVedavathi Narasimha MurthyJithin JacobVidya Gopal,Archana SreenivasanSomesh KumarGumaniAntara MukherjiAnjora Noronha,Vinayak VarmaSoumya MenonJisha UnnikrishnanKruttika SusarlaNinoshka DiasIsha S ValentineNeelima RaparlaVallabhi ShegaonkarSangeeta DasHari Kumar Nair,Lakhsmi MitterLily BanerjeeAditi DilipNiloufer WadiaDeepa JayaramanAnupamaApteNishith MehtaMuhammed ShafiAmar SoniKrishna Prakash K,Lavanya KarthikSonal Gupta,Kabini AminJason DvorakTanvi BhatRanjani SShikha NambiarAritra Roy ChowdhuryVaishali ChudasamaSharanya KunnathPriya ManikandanMilan NayakDelwyn RemediosGeetanjali BAmbica VinodShailja Jain ChouguleChitra ChandrashekharNikita ModiDavid KnightGeetali TareNilomee Jesrani

If you missed the #6FrameStoryChallenge, but are inspired by the work of fellow illustrators and want to contribute to the open source story platform - do send us your stories! Story guidelines are available here.

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